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Libyan Diplomat comments on Libyan unrest

Former Libyan Ambassador to India Ali Al-Essawi discusses the government's violent crackdown on protesters as other Libyan diplomats also leave their posts

Reuters and Ahram Online, Tuesday 22 Feb 2011
A woman holds up a Libyan flag during a protest against Muammar Gaddafi outside the United Nations building in New York, (Reuters).
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African mercenaries are being used by Libya to crush protests, prompting some army troops to switch sides to the opposition, Libya's ambassador to India, who resigned in the wake of the crackdown, said on Tuesday.

"They are from Africa, and speak French and other languages," Ali Al-Essawi told Reuters in an interview, adding that he was receiving information from sources within the OPEC-member country.

Essawi, who has left the embassy since he resigned on Monday to protest the violent crackdown and is now staying at a hotel in New Delhi, said he had been told there had been army defections.

"They (troops) are Libyans and they cannot see foreigners killing Libyans so they moved beside the people," Essawi said, looking nervous and agitated.

Diplomats have said the UN Security Council would hold a closed-door meeting on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Libya.

"Libyans cannot do anything against the air fighters. We do not call for international troops, but we call on the international community to save the Libyans," Essawi said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Essawi told Reuters that he expected more diplomats at foreign missions to resign due to the ongoing violence in Libya.

Libyan diplomats have left their posts as a sign of protest in the past few days.

In Cairo,  Abdel-Monem al-Houni, Libya's Arab League representative said he had told the Foreign Ministry in Tripoli that he had "resigned from all his duties and joined the popular revolution" on Sunday as a sign of protest after the Libyan government allowed the brutalizing of peaceful and unarmed protesters.

Hussein Sadiq al Musrati , the second secretary in the Libyan mission to Beijing, resigned in protest to the regime's actions on Monday and called on all diplomatic staff to resign.

Al-Essawi said ambassadors in China, Poland, Tunisia, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh and the United States had also stepped down.

"Fighter aircraft were bombing civilians on the streets of Tripoli, this is unprecedented violence," Essawi said.

Ali Aujali, Ambassador of Libya to the United States who stepped down on Monday, voiced similar concerns.

"How can I support a government killing our people? What I have seen in front of my eyes is not acceptable at all."

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17-03-2011 07:29am
Libya and Security Council
Why do we expect Obama, Hu Jintao, Dmitry Medvedev, Sarkozy and Cameron to act on Libya? None of them has missed their lunch, breakfast or even glass of wine for any day since 17 February, 2011 in memory and respect to departed souls of innocent revolutionaries who died in Libya. My humble request to my Libyan brothers and sisters- soldier on, even if they come to our rescue, after we get independence from cruel Gaddafi and manipulative super powers, we shall develop independent Libya, align more with countries with common interests and problems. Shame on all these leaders. The blood of innocent Libyans is on your hands, especially Russian and Chinese. Once we have our independence, you two along with your Ukrainian beauties guarding Qaddafi will be sent home with never to allow you to enter Libya. The same will happen in Egypt, Tunisia and many other African Countries. You hypocrites.
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